Committee meets to discuss impeachment of Gov. Bentley

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama lawmakers will start the impeachment process against Governor Robert Bentley Wednesday. The House Judiciary Committee is meeting to create the rules for impeachment.

Lawmakers tell CBS 42 News that they are having to create their own rules because Alabama hasn’t impeached a sitting governor before now. State Representative Merika Coleman said Wednesday’s meeting is a step in the right direction to start cleaning up corruption.

“For the citizens of the state of Alabama, do know that this is a move in the right direction,” Coleman said. “When people run for office, they have the right spirit. They are going there to serve and it’s not about personal gain.”

Wednesday’s committee meeting will set up rules for public access and media access. The committee will also determine the scope of subpoena power and enforcement. They also hope to notify the state agencies that will be doing some of the investigating into Governor Bentley.

Twenty-three members of the Alabama House of Representatives signed impeachment articles accusing Bentley of willful neglect of duty and corruption in office. Bentley’s lawyers asked lawmakers on Tuesday for specifics on those accusations.

The committee meets at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in room 200 at the Alabama State House. The meeting is open to public.

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